With the current situation developing around the world, many companies and corporations have taken to asking their employees to work from home, in a bid to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Work-From-Home (WFH) arrangement could be a new (and exciting) experience for some of us, but the idea of being cooped up at home could cause worry for others.
Here are some ways you can keep a healthy lifestyle while working from home!
Keep regular working hours
Create a schedule and stick to it. Just because you are working from home, doesn’t mean you don’t stop working. Start and stop work at designated hours, as this allows your brain time to work and rest. Though there is added flexibility in your new working arrangement, sticking to a schedule can help to improve your productivity.
This can include a morning routine, such as making and eating breakfast, walking your dog, or getting a workout in. This helps to get your ready for your work-day at home, instead of rolling straight out of bed and over to your laptop to start work.
Set up a conducive working environment
Though it may be tempting, working at home doesn’t mean snuggled up in bed with your laptop or typing while horizontal on the sofa. Setting up a workstation at home can get you into the right mindset to work and be more productive.
In addition, a good work environment is important to help you work comfortably. Find a place at home that is well-lit to reduce eye strain when using your computer.
The couch may be comfy for the time being, but your back will not thank you for it after hours of work. Get off the couch and sit in a chair with good support to help relieve back tension.
Whether you’re in office, or at home, taking breaks regularly is important! Taking breaks in office usually mean having a chat with colleagues or going for a mid-afternoon coffee run. Even when you’re alone at home, remember to take some short breaks too!
- Drink enough water, at least 2 litres a day if possible
- Take a lunch break, preferably away from your computer
- Relax your eyes, placing your hands over your eyes, or looking out the window
- Leaving the house once in a while – to buy lunch or for a walk
It’s easy to get sucked into the routine of WFH life – spending the day at home can cause lethargy, and too little physical activity can actually hinder blood circulation and blood supply in the body.
The time saved from your daily commute is the perfect opportunity to get in some physical activity! There are countless resources online, apps or videos on YouTube that you can use to fit a short workout into your day.
Start your day with a yoga session, do a core workout at lunch, end the day with some planks or squats – the possibilities are endless and at your fingertips. BONUS: you don’t have the added stress about rushing to shower and get ready for work because you’re at home! (Though showering after a sweaty workout is always a good idea)
As the world continues to fight COVID-19, it’s our duty to keep ourselves healthy. The situation continues to develop day by day, and we must all play our part in keeping our community safe. Keep practicing good hygiene habits, and social responsibility.
Let’s stay strong together!